A Look Back: Oct. 14

For the Gazette
Published: 10/14/2021 7:00:07 AM
50 Years Ago

■The tower of the Michael Curtin VFW Post in Florence came tumbling down yesterday as workers continued demolition on it as part of a reconstruction project. They will completely raze the two-story tower and make it even with the original roof line.

■The outlook for purchase of the Northampton School for Girls by the State Department of Mental Health remains clouded today after $1 million for its purchase was cut from the capital outlay budget approved by the Senate yesterday. The Department of Mental Health had planned to use the school for an outpatient clinic for all ages, short-term residential care and prevention programs.

25 Years Ago

■Hadley Elementary School teacher Kathi Chlanda is one of 12 teachers statewide selected as winners of the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Chlanda is the only one from western Massachusetts to be given the award.

■U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Brighton, who is the state chairman of the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign, toured the Honor Court on Meadow Street in Florence yesterday as part of a series of campaign stops in western Massachusetts. Kennedy said Clinton is more popular today than he was in 1992.

10 Years Ago

■Some 21 years after its founding, local rock radio station WRNX might be on the verge of “going dark.” Clear Channel Communications, the station’s parent company, is in the process of shuffling some of its stations in the Springfield and Hartford markets, which will spell the end for WRNX, according to industry insiders familiar with the changes.

■Northampton peace activist Frances Crowe is a veteran of protest movements, so it says something when she calls Occupy Wall Street among the most successful protests she has ever witnessed. “This is the most hopeful thing that’s happened in my lifetime,” said Crowe, who is in her 90s.


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